Kraken announce pre-season games vs. Canucks, Oilers, Flames

A flag with the logo of the Seattle Kraken. (Elaine Thompson / AP)

The Seattle Kraken will take the ice for the first time this upcoming pre-season with six games against the Vancouver Canucks, Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames.

The Kraken will play home and away games against each team, with the "home" games set to be played at WHL arenas across the state of Washington in Spokane, Everett and Kent.

Kraken CEO Tod Leiweke says the Kraken's home arena in Seattle, Climate Pledge Arena, is on track to open for the regular season in mid-October, "but we have made the decision to play our three inaugural pre-season games at three outstanding local arenas."

"This gives us an opportunity to partner with the WHL teams, celebrate hockey across our region and grow this beautiful game," Leiweke said in a team release. "We couldn’t be more excited for these games and then to open Climate Pledge Arena."

Below is the Kraken's full pre-season schedule:

• Sunday, September 26, 2021, at 6:00 p.m. PT – Seattle Kraken vs. Vancouver Canucks @ Spokane (Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena)

• Friday, October 1, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. PT – Seattle Kraken vs. Edmonton Oilers @ Everett (Angel of the Winds Arena)

• Tuesday, September 28, 2021 (Time TBD) – Seattle Kraken at Edmonton Oilers (Rogers Place)

• Wednesday, September 29, 2021 (Time TBD) – Seattle Kraken at Calgary Flames (Scotiabank Saddledome)

• Saturday, October 2, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. PT – Seattle Kraken vs. Calgary Flames @ Kent (accesso ShoWare Center)

• Tuesday, October 5, 2021 (Time TBD) – Seattle Kraken at Vancouver Canucks (Rogers Arena)

“These games represent the opportunity to see our roster come together for the first time outside of training camp,” Kraken general manager Ron Francis said. “It will be an honour to play them in hockey communities across the state and I know our players will be excited.”

The Kraken will have a major impact on the NHL off-season with the expansion draft set to take place on July 21 and the team selecting second overall in the first round of the NHL draft on July 23.

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